Torah Pointer Kit
Flag/Scroll, Ten Commandments and Book Woodshapes
Torah Pointer or Yad
The pointer is another sign of the holiness of the Torah, as well as a tool for keeping the scroll from becoming soiled with constant use. The design motif of a pointing hand at the end of the pointer is such a constant that the common Hebrew name for the pointer is yad, meaning "hand."
The traditional form is that of a right hand pointing
with the index finger. Notwithstanding enlightened modern attitudes regarding
right- or left-handedness, in most traditional cultures, including virtually
all Middle Eastern cultures, the right hand is associated with good and
purity, and is always used for actions conveying respect or importance.
1. Learn or review the blessings
for reading from the Torah.
4. Arrange to see the Torah pointers and other Torah
decorations and "clothing" in your synagogue.
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